Prep Baseball Report

Quick Hitters: Dry Pond Pitchers

Brandon Hall
Executive Director of Scouting, PBR NC

PBR was at Moor Park in Mooresville, NC on Wednesday September 16th to run a Scout Day with the Dry Pond Blue Sox.  The day consisted of 20 players from the organization running through a full pro-style workout, with pitchers throwing controlled bullpens.

The scout day began with a laser timed 60, followed by offensive and defensive evaluations.  Pitchers threw bullpens to conclude the night.  Throughout the day, PBR Scouts were on hand to collect statistics and video on each player in attendance.  TrackMan was used during the offensive evaluations and the pitchers' bullpens to collect ball flight information.

Below we highlight some of the position players who stood out during the pro-style workout.

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By The Numbers:

  • 21 Dry Pond players took part in the Scout Day
  • 20 players ran the laser timed 60
  • 6.73 was the top 60 time with a median time of 7.51
  • 4 hitters topped the 84 mph marker for exit velocity off the tee
  • 12 pitchers threw bullpens
  • 3 arms worked at 83 mph or higher


Quick Hitters-Position Players

Ryan Clarke (RHP, Comm School of Davidson, 2023) – Average frame.  Strike thrower from a medium arm swing and over-the-top slot.  Fastball up to 83 with a peak spin rate of 2203rpm.  Solid ride through the zone, at times with 21 inches of induced vertical break.  Mature breaking ball with consistent 10/4 tilt, spinning up to 2626rpm, creating -15 inches of vertical break and -18 inches of horizontal break.  Early at times, the spin is tight.

Michael Crayton (RHP, West Stanly HS, 2021) – Continues to mature and see his stuff elevate each time PBR sees him.  Flooded the zone with all four pitches.  Showed an ability to work in and out, and elevate when desired.  Fastball sat 84-85 with downhill angle.  Good separation between the curveball and slider, giving him 4 distinct pitches and was able to locate the next pitch after throwing all of his offspeed in the zone.

Luke Osteen (RHP, Hough HS, 2021) – Primary OF that is spending more time on the mound and seeing success.  Committed to Gardner Webb.  Fastball up to 88.  Has feel for the zone.  Hard breaking ball, working for 10/4 tilt mimics the fastball out of the hand.  Change-up is raw but there is arm speed and developing feel with fade as the pitch approaches the hitter.